Located in the Northwestern part of Nigeria is Kebbi State. It is one of the places you should consider visiting for your next vacation. Nicknamed ‘Land of Equity’, it was created out of a part of Sokoto State in 1991. The state capital is Birnin Kebbi. Kebbi State has Sokoto, Niger, and Zamfara States as borders. It also has the Dosso Region in the Republic of Niger and the nation of Benin as International borders. Kebbi State has 27 Local Government Areas with many tourist sites. The Local Government Areas are Aleiro, Arewa Dandi, Argungu, Augie, Bagudo, Birnin Kebbi, Banza, Dandi Fakai, Gwandu, Jega and Kalgo. Others are Koko/Besse, Maiyama, Ngaski, Sakaba, Shanga, Suru, Danko/Wasagu, Yauri, and Zuru.
Kebbi State is popular for the Argungu festival held annually in Argungu. Argungu fishing festival hosts tourists from around the world to the State.
Tourists and travelers have Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport as their destination when visiting the state. The airport is located at Jega-Janzomo-Ambursa Road, Kebbi.
WHAT TO BRING
Make sure you take along your camera and journals to capture the memories of the Argungu fishing festival. You can as well bring your swimming trunks if you want to participate in one of the Argungu’s lists of events. ATM cards for transactions are also necessary, as well as, caps, hats and sun shades because of the northern sun. Light clothes are advisable because of the heat.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Argungu City in Kebbi State is the host of the most popular festival in Northern Nigeria. It’s an annual festival which involves a fish picking competition and several other lines of events. The winner of the fishing competition (the biggest fish caught in the river) receives a cash prize. This festival draws tourists from Europe, North America, and Asia to Kebbi State. You just have to be at the scene to have a wonderful time with your family and friends.
Another important site in Argungu, Kebbi State is the Kanta Museum. It is located in an old town in Argungu, close to the main market. The museum was built in 1831. The main architectural structure has been maintained till date despite reconstructions and renovations. The museum offers to visitors a view into the stormy history of Kebbi State. Kanta Museum is divided into eleven compartments and has remarkable collections of weapons such as spears, swords, bows and arrows, woods, stones, local guns, charms, and drums.
Kebbi State has many tertiary institutions if you are visiting for learning. The tertiary institutions are Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State Polytechnic, and College of Agriculture, Zuru.